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Favorite films

  • Five Element Ninjas
  • Rear Window
  • The Thing
  • Spirited Away

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  • Doctor Who: The Brain of Morbius

    ★★★½

  • My Neighbor Totoro

    ★★★★½

  • Lords of the Deep

    ★★½

  • Doctor Who: The Android Invasion

    ★★★

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  • Black Samurai

    Black Samurai

    ★★★

    I’m pretty sure Jim Kelly tried to punch a bird in the dick in this movie. Birds mostly don’t have dicks, but he damn well tried his best.

    [Alamo Season Pass]

  • Claire's Knee

    Claire's Knee

    ★★★½

    Fifth of the Six Moral Tales

    I have deeply mixed feelings about Claire’s Knee, one of Eric Rohmer’s Six Moral Tales. I think the film (and director) knows what an utter fucking bastard the lead, Jerome, is. I know the film thinks he’s a buffoon – the directorial stand-in, Aurora, writer and friend of Jerome, is constantly watching him with a smirk, pushing him toward folly and observing his failures, moral and otherwise. But does the film cut him too…

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  • Doctor Who: The Brain of Morbius

    Doctor Who: The Brain of Morbius

    ★★★½

    Classic Doctor Who: Fourth Doctor s13s5

    Doctor to Sarah Jane: “You thought I was dead. You’re always making that mistake.”

    Body snatchers, vampire/werewolves, mummies, now Frankensteins, as the Doctor fetches up in mad science territory where surgeon Solon is trying to find a perfect head for the displaced brain of evil time lord Morbius (aka the less shitty Morbius). It’s all very gothic, with an Igor-type, a hostile cult of reactionary hippie chicks, a spaceship graveyard, a fabulously goofy monster…

  • My Neighbor Totoro

    My Neighbor Totoro

    ★★★★½

    Played for my four year old niece, who loved it. My kids used to watch this so much when they were little, there’s a scene where the kids run into a scary goat and Mei says “Back off” in the dub, for years my kids thought his name was “Backoff the Goat.”

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  • The Perfection

    The Perfection

    ★★½

    I am genuinely uncertain whether what I just watched was terrible terrible, or hilariously awesomely terrible. And I'm not sure if the director and cast know either. But I wasn't bored.

    I attended a screening with a Q&A from director Richard Shepard and stars Alison Williams and Logan Browning, and Shepard said the film was shot in 24 days, cheap and fast, from an idea he developed himself for Williams, and that seems about right. Shepard also said his inspiration…

  • Asteroid City

    Asteroid City

    ★★★½

    Man did I dig this specific variant of the Wes Anderson aesthetic, that 1950s soda jerk pink and green set against the Atomic Age sets and desert. The movie itself I enjoyed quite a bit, though it felt a bit too emotionally removed and deliberately surreal to rank among his best for me. But the look of it, and that literal showstopping moment in the middle (you’ll know it when you see it) … 😘 

    Wes Anderson films ranked here.

    [Alamo Season Pass]